POPs Project for Development of National Implementation Plan (NIP)
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) with technical assistance from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented the Project for the ‘Enabling Activities for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): National Implementation Plan for Uganda’. The project started in July 2005 and was completed in March 2009.
Project objectives: Within the overall objective of the Stockholm Convention, which is to protect human health and the environment from POPs, the project is intended to:
1. Prepare the ground for implementation of the Convention in Uganda;
2. Assist Uganda in meeting its reporting and other obligations under the Convention; and
3. Strengthen Uganda’s national capacity to manage POPs and chemicals generally.
Download the National Implementaion Plan
UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI)
UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) is part of the global United Nations Development (UNDP)-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI). Overall goal: The overall goal of the project in Uganda is to build capacity in mainstreaming environmental sustainability concerns into poverty reduction strategies and other development strategies by specifically capturing the critical linkages between poverty and environment. Objectives at country level:
• Inclusion of environmental sustainability as a central objective in national development strategies, such as Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs),the National Development Plan(NDP), the District Development Plans(DDP), Sectoral Policies and Plans, the MDGs implementation plans or equivalents;
• Increasing national budget allocations to the environment;
• Building the long-term capacity of government to integrate environmental concerns into the design and implementation of development plans and programmes.
Partnership for Development of Environmental Law and Institutions(PADELIA)
NEMA implemented a Project on “Capacity Building to Alleviate Poverty through Synergistic Implementation of RIO MEAs” managed through the UNEP funded project on Partnership for Development of Environmental Law and Institutions (PADELIA). The project is aimed at increasing Uganda’s capacity to mainstream environment into development strategies in order to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation. It is against this background that NEMA identified a Consultant to develop a Training Manual on the Application of National Environmental Laws and Policies Implementing Rio MEAs to Poverty Alleviation.
Purpose of the manual
The manual is designed based on a training needs assessment (TNA) of the target audience. Available literature were reviewed, especially study reports of the MEAs and Law project of NEMA, to identify key capacity building areas. The information is complimented with a rapid needs assessment of the target group which involved interviews and stakeholder consultations in selected districts, MEA focal points and selected environment agencies, private sector as well as civil society organizations. The key training needs may be categorized as follows:
1. Generate a common understanding of the RIO MEAs and the synergies therein
2. Assist districts to relate the global conventions to the local context/implementation level
3. Retool and re-orient the existing district personnel in the various disciplines (agriculture, fisheries, environment, enforcement, etc) towards the objectives of the RIO MEAs
4. Increase understanding and capacity to identify funding opportunities to support implementation of the RIO MEAs at the local level
5. Enhance understanding of the linkages between environment and poverty alleviation
6. Enhance understanding of the national environmental laws and policies
7. Guide district planners and decision makers to mainstream environmental laws and policies into the development agenda for poverty alleviation.
8. Assist district officials to operationalise environmental concerns at district level for poverty alleviation